PENCE AND ERDOGAN AGREE TO 120-HOURS CEASEFIRE IN SYRIA


18/10/2019




İrem UZUN -TDO- The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has agreed with the US vice-president, Mike Pence, to suspend Ankara’s operation on Kurdish-led forces in north-east Syria for the next five days (120 hours) in order to allow Kurdish troops to withdraw.Scheduled for just 10 minutes, the meeting between Pence and Erdogan lasted about an hour and a half. Erdogan initially refused to meet the US delegation, saying he would only speak to President Donald Trump, before backtracking.

According to the agreement, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters will pull back from Turkey’s proposed 20m (32km) deep “safe zone” on its border. “It will be a pause for 120 hours while the US oversees the withdrawal of YPG [a Kurdish unit within the SDF] and Turkey has then agreed to a permanent ceasefire,” Pence told reporters in Ankara on Thursday evening after hours of meetings with Turkish officials. Pence said that preparations were already under way for the ceasefire to start. No comment was immediately forthcoming from the SDF.

Donald Trump praised the ceasefire in Texas, telling reporters "we've gotten everything we ever dreamed of" and the Kurds are "incredibly happy" with this. Mr. Trump said the ceasefire "was something that they've been trying to get for 10 years". He also declared it a great day for the United States, a great day for Turkey and a great day for the Kurds and for civilization.


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